Barbarians inside the Gates: A Statement from the Byzantines

We are a collection of friends and co-conspirators belonging to our local communities. We are not associated with all the organizations that have shared our handiwork and celebrated it, despite the accusations of those on social media. This action is claimed by us as rogue actors, and came from no organizational authority. We believe in the spontaneity of action, in the possibility for direct acts led by small affinity groups to achieve broad effects and inspire other insurgent acts. We publish this, not to claim fame or reap benefits from the recent vandalism of notorious fraternities in West Campus. We are publishing this statement to clear up some misconceptions, to clarify why these taggings happened, and to inspire others.

I strongly doubt that they are not associated with any organization, but do agree that they are operating as an independent cell to give the “organization” plausible deniability if and when any of these idiots get caught spray-painting people’s property.

To the confusion of the local news, we did not launch these attacks in response to any particular scandal or recent accusation. We were responding to the everyday crisis that is rape culture, white supremacy, and elitism. Fiji may be notorious for its rape room, racist parties, and horrific pledge rules, but it is not that unique. It is no accident that so many fraternities take the style of plantation homes—the institutions of Greek life are themselves colonial, bourgeois, patriarchal structures, founded to preserve the reproduction of elite classes. Our attacks come in response to the everyday fear and feeling of danger that these institutions and their members produce for students of color, women, queer and trans students, and other marginalized folks. Catcalls, racial slurs, rape jokes, and more are the daily realities which go unspoken and uninvestigated by either the police or the University.

They did not launch attacks in response to any particular scandal or recent accusation.

In other words, they have no specific incident of wrongdoing by any specific person that they are aggrieved with.

They commit their crimes from a general sense of outrage at “institutions” and “structures” and “feeling(s) of danger.”

Some consider our acts irresponsible, pointless, and ineffective. We think the massive surge in conversations happening around sexual assault, white supremacy, and the failures of the administration are proof of the success of our actions. The administration has showed its true face, as it has rapidly responded to our actions with calls for increased security, crisis support for the frats, and investigation according to the hate crime policy. This stands in stark contrast to the University’s inability to respond to racist acts by the frats, investigate sexual assault, fund mental health services for students, and respond to Celtic Cross graffiti on the Blanton. We have seen from the prosecution of the UT Antifa 3 that this administration’s feign towards multiculturalism is a ruse—an attempt to maintain the peace and ensure that students of color and women continue to provide their money, bodies, and very presence to maintain the status of the University and its image.

There’s a very easy solution to providing your “money, bodies, and very presence” to a University that so obviously allows “sexual assault and white supremacy”:

Don’t enroll there.

But I forget myself and who I am referring to. Social justice can not leave unbelievers to their unbelief. They must convert the heathens BAMN (By Any Means Necessary).

Most importantly, we hope our acts can serve as a template for student self-organization. When the administration and police fail to hold accountable powerful institutions with deep financial connections and when their crimes go unnamed, we will hold them accountable. We will name our enemies, and do so loudly for the world to see. We will break the silence and the taboo around these institutions. We will make clear to survivors that we support them and will fight for them by any means necessary. Students must provide for each other what these institutions can never provide us.

“Student self-organization” or “lone wolf attacks” by self-appointed vigilantes.

Depending on who you ask.

This moment is exceptional. These are institutions and people who have never felt unsafe because of their status and identities. And now, through a couple of simple actions, they feel threatened. FIJI was forced to have night long watches. Private security, UTPD, and APD patrolled the area. Even SUREWALK, the campus organization that supposedly protects students from assault, was seen patrolling the area to protect rapist frat Fiji.

@WithALittleJazz Currently pic.twitter.com/UCcqX4scOg

— tiger lily (@wizardashley) April 17, 2017

All of which will eventually be reflected in the tuition and fees paid for by the students.

Good job guys.

Let us be bolder in naming our enemies. Let us tell students at orientation the truth about the crimes of these institutions. Let us catalog the violence of the frats and the administration, so that there is never a period where students forget who their enemies are. Let us make it impossible for the administration and frats to simply wait out the occasional uproar, and let us constantly agitate against them and make their lives hell. Let us make racists, frat bros, and the administration afraid again—afraid of students, afraid of the marginalized and harassed, afraid of the exploited and excluded.

Fear is bad when someone does it to “students of color, women, queer and trans students,” but it is acceptable when it is done to “racists, frat bros, and the administration.”

Actions are only good or bad based only on who they are done to, not on the morality of the act itself.

Four legs good; two legs bad.

It is no accident that we attacked Greek life. The Greco-Roman legacy has inspired so much of the march of European civilization against the “uncivilized.” Colonial and plantation nations were constructed in the image of Greece and Rome. Fascist group Identity Evropa uses images of Greco-Roman statues in its propaganda. Continental philosophy finds much of its roots in the Socratic tradition. Our notion of democracy and all its accompanying inequalities and hierarchies stems from the Greek conception of the polis, sustained by slavery, the domination of women & children in the home, and the battle against foreigners.

Because only the Greeks and the Romans have a history of conquest and empire. No empires in Africa, the Middle East, Northern Europe, Central Asia, South East Asia, North America, or South America.

Europeans, especially those of Mediterranean descent, colonialism and empire are your Original Sin, your Mark of Cain, as a result of your Greco-Roman legacy.

These people are a cult in the most negative sense of the word.

In the midst of resurgent fascism and ongoing colonial legacies, we must become the unruly, improper, unrespectable “barbarians at the gates.” Our attempts to appeal to the institutions to include us, to show that we can be like them, have and always will fail. It is time to jettison all such illusions and instead construct new communities and ways of living that amplify our power here, as students and collectives, until we can overrun these institutions themselves.

And like barbarians at the gate, the only method to deal with them to crush them completely and mercilessly, because they, by their own words, seek no peace, but to utterly destroy anything distinct from themselves, to “overrun” your institutions.

Everything for “anti-fascism.” Nothing against “anti-fascism.” Nothing outside of “anti-fascism.”

Sounds vaguely familiar…

We are labelled “vandals”—placing us in a lineage that extends to the “barbarian” Vandal tribes that sacked Rome. We will accept this charge, for we seek the destruction, looting, and emptying out of these halls of power by the force of the unruly masses—the excluded and exploited. And we hope that individuals such as Gregory Fenves can only watch and play the fiddle while Rome burns.

The Vandals looted Rome; they didn’t destroy Rome or empty out its halls. The Vandals were neither “excluded” nor “exploited”. They were Scandanavian raiders and pirates whose primary interests were territory and plunder.

Sort of like how Communists, specifically the party elites, for all of their bleating about “the masses” always make sure to secure all of that evil capital for themselves.

So the comparison of Communists to Vandals is pretty appropriate.

Our message can perhaps best be summarized as: Every Student Can Tag. Anyone can be The Vandals of West Campus. Buy some spray paint, with cash of course, can’t have a debit card trail. Turn off location services on your phone. Don’t take photos of your handiwork—wait for someone else to do so (quick shout out to the frat bros who got the best photos of the tags out of anyone—thank you so much for that propaganda work!) Have a change of clothes. Mask up and wear unidentifiable clothes so you can’t be tracked through video surveillance. Make sure you have a secluded spot to change in and out of costume. Aim for the darkest, quietest targets. Stay in small groups so you can defend each other in case confronted. Scout out the house before hand and be aware of any police or frat patrols.

Every Student Can Tag. Just like Every Student Can Rob. Just like Every Student Can Assault.

But the Communists have not provided any good reason, aside from being offended by the world, as to WHY Every Student Should Tag.

We hope you will not make us your vanguards or heroes. We neither want the fame or status, nor do we want to continue the dangerous work ourselves in the midst of increased police investigations. We hope our names never come out into the public sphere, and that all you see will see will be our actions. We hope that you will become one of us. Take up our name and sign off on your actions, put out report backs. We hope that through generalized student action and preparation, the efforts of the pigs and the administration to catch “culprits” will be thwarted, as the entire student body itself becomes a threat.

The more often they do it, the more likely they are to be caught and they know it. So everybody else get in on the action so that the “Vandals of West Campus” are less likely to be caught and prosecuted as they deserve.

To the fraternities and University: Prepare yourselves. We are at your gates. Your walls will fall. And you will be sacked.

—The Vandals of UT Austin

The Vandals lasted only 79 years after the Sack of Rome; they were subsequently destroyed completely by the Byzantines.

The lesson? Civilization wins out over Barbarism in the long-run. Builders eventually triumph over Destroyers. The Rule of Law prevails over the Rule of Envy.

The Communists like to imagine that they are barbarians howling at the gates and those within are all powdered, pampered women and dilettantes.

Civilization keeps its own barbarians, its own savage men for occasions when other savages show up.

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Black Matriarch and Her Brood Are Arrested and Carted Off To Jail on Facebook

A Texas woman has been forcibly arrested after calling a police officer to report a neighbour for choking her seven-year-old son.

A livestream of the encounter between the police officer and Fort Worth resident Jacqueline Craig, 46, was shared to Facebook by a relative yesterday, where it has since received a million views.

The video shows Ms Craig telling an officer her neighbour had no right to grab and choke her son for littering.

“What you should have done because we have been living here for years… you could have came to me. You don’t put your hands on my son,” she can be heard saying.

“Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?” the officer replies.

“He can’t prove to me that my son littered. But it doesn’t matter if he did or didn’t. He didn’t have to put his hands on him,” Ms Craig responds, to which the officer asks: “Why not?”

Angered by the officer’s indifference to her complaint, Ms Craig approaches the officer, at which point her daughter Brea Hymond tries to step between the two.

The officer draws his stungun then wrestles Ms Craig and Ms Brea to the ground, before cuffing and hustling them to the police car.

Ms Craig, who had outstanding warrants for traffic violations, remains in jail on charges of resisting arrest and failing to identify as a fugitive, local broadcaster Fox 4 reports.

Ms Hymond also remains on jail charged with resisting arrest and interfering with public duties. A third person, believed to be the juvenile cameraperson, was also reportedly arrested.

For Worth Police Department is presently conducting an investigation into the incident.

A rally surrounding the video is expected to be held at Tarrant County Courthouse later today.

You know, if I didn’t know better, I would swear everything is on Live…bitch.

There was clearly some interaction that took place well-before the recording started and the cop is not buying this bullshit about this random white guy choking Craig’s son.

The Cop @ 1:07: “Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?”

The black matriarch pivots from “he choked my son” to “it doesn’t matter if he[the son] did or didn’t litter.” She’s given up the “he choked my son” argument because she knows it was bullshit from the get-go, so now she’s arguing black matriarch morality, which is no morality at all.

This is the black female mindset encapsulated. It doesn’t matter what she and hers do to violate you, or your property, or your peace of mind, but if you react to her bullshit, your reaction is unjustified.

The Cop @ 1:38: What are you yelling at?

Craig @ 1:39: Because you pissed me off!

That’s right. The Black females of BlackLivesMatter like to claim “I’m scared for my life! I’m scared for my sons!”

What a bunch of shit.

Black females aren’t worried about the police. The police are their friends. Who called this cop into this situation? The black female. Who usually calls the cops on black men? Black females. But in this case, Jacqueline Craig was a little confused. You see, the cop is not going to just run in and humble a white man like he would a black man on your say-so.

The Cop @1:42: If you keep yelling at me, you’re going to piss me off, and I’m going to take you to jail.

Craig: No you’re not!

You’ve got to have some balls or some leverage to tell a beat cop what he’s not going to do to you on the street. Unfortunately, the black matriarch lacks balls, or leverage, or even common sense to know when to quit, cut bait, and take herself and her brood back inside of their house.

@ 1:48: Craig approaches the Cop, followed by the girl in the pink. Then another black female pops up on the Cop’s blind side and shoves him.

This cop is out on this bullshit call solo. First, the big one approaches him from the front after telling him that he wasn’t taking her to jail (clearly indicating that she intended to resist any arrest he might effect). Then the girl in the pink puts herself between the cop and Craig (interference with police). Then, the little punk in the black comes up and shoves the cop from the side.

That’s when the cop has enough and arrests Craig, then arrests the girl in pink.

“Everything on motherfucking Live, bitch!”

Repeated ad nauseum.

Finally, the cop snatches up the camera-wielding black matriarch and takes her to jail with them (she’s the one walking around the apartment complex, playing in her braids, and smiling because she knows she’s about to get her fix of Facebook thumbs up and likes).

According to the printed story, Craig is in jail on outstanding traffic warrants. I would like to congratulate Ms. Craig. Calling the police while you have outstanding warrants is just genius. I have no doubts that she will transmit that same level of responsibility and reasoning to the 7-year-old boy. The girl in the pink, her daughter, Brea Hymond, is also in jail for resisting arrest and interfering with public duties. That’s right. You don’t physically interpose yourself between a cop and someone else. As the video shows, the black matriarch behind the camera is already out (hence all of the hair-flipping and smiling and laughing).

And just for shits and giggles, here are Facebook simps and Black Matriarch Drones offering less-than-helpful commentary and advice:

Pastor Keithron Powell

So the adult can assault the child but the mother can’t speak?

Speak to a cop all you want. That’s generally how idiots end up getting arrested, speaking to cops.

Riko Smalls

See that’s when somebody needs to pull out their gun. And shoot that pig in the head. Fucc him

I honestly have no idea why cops might by less-than-comfortable dealing with black men on the sidewalk.

Easye Lyons

For the people that say u can’t curse a cop know an learn ur rights .educate urself

You can also put your head in a lion’s mouth or stick your dick in a blender, it doesn’t make them good ideas.

Forris Gump Massey

Fellaz this is why we must protect our women and children from POLICE BRUTALITY everywhere…

Not my women (I would remember if I fucked a black matriarch built like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man) and those for damn sure aren’t my kids.

Black matriarchs like have bastard babies and living without a man worth a damn, then they can live the life they have chosen.

Gary Baker

But she’s in public and he’s in public had no reason to arrest he she didn’t commit a crime.

Outstanding warrants, resisting arrest, interfering in public duties.

Keron Mckenzie

Why didn’t y’all just jump his ass? He can’t beat all y’all. I wish a cop would treat my mom like that. I’ll die that day.

The Rhodes Scholar of the bunch. Yes, jump the cop. And then when the reinforcements and the SWAT team show up and proceed to pull your assholes out through your throats, what’s your next step?

Oh, that’s right. “I’ll die that day.”

Black matriachs and simps trained by the black matriarchy, a few questions, if I may:

If you place no value or priority on your continued survival, why should anyone else? If your life is only worth 22 cents, why shouldn’t the police pay you in hot brass if it means they get to go home safely?

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Black Matriarch Charged In 3-Year-Old’s Death; Texas CPS Unavailable For Comment Due To Its Collective Thumb Being Wedged Up Its Collective Ass

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You can’t tell me that this alleged “female” doesn’t look exactly like one of these dusty, no account thug boys raised by single, black mothers, right down to the neck tattoos.

HOUSTON – Jasmine Jones faced a judge on Monday, charged with taking part in the abuse that killed her 3-year-old son, Jaycion.

“CPS is investigating the fatality. There was a little girl who was also in the home. We have removed her. She is in state custody in a foster home at this time,” said Tiffani Butler with CPS.

This is not the first time CPS has been involved with the family. In April 2016, investigators said, there was an incident where the boy had burns on his stomach. Jones reportedly told investigators it was from a hot shower.

Butler said the agency never legally removed the 3-year-old from his mother’s custody, but it’s possible Jaycion was placed with a family member as part of a parent-child safety plan.

“We talk to the parent about finding a family member or a family friend that they trust, and hopefully the child knows, and that can stay with them until the investigation is done or if the parent has any type of therapy,” Butler said.

Jaycion returned home the month before his death this past November. In court documents, investigators said the boy died from severe injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

Investigators said Jones and her boyfriend, Andre Young, used an object, like a belt, to discipline the toddler.

Before he died, court documents showed the child had complained of stomachaches and vomited. Jones told detectives she gave the boy home remedies, but later that night on Nov. 8, he was found unresponsive at the apartment on Wilcrest.

“When it’s a case where we have already been involved, that’s something we definately want to look at.We always go back and look to see if there was anything that could have been done differently,” Butler said.

Police told KHOU the boyfriend admitted disciplining the boy, but he has not been charged.

The Black Matriarch is a state-sponsored terrorist.

This female, with the help of her live-in dick, I mean, boyfriend, beat, burned, and murdered a three-year-old boy.

What the fuck is wrong with you people? I have no jokes or ha-ha for this. Why do you have children just to mentally and physically torture them? To beat them and break them until they become something less than human, something without reason or empathy, almost wholly bent towards destruction?

That’s assuming you allow them to survive into adulthood. This boy, Jaycion, never made it to adulthood. He either cried too much, peed himself one time too many,

The Black Matriarch indulges in sadism and names it “discipline.”

Time for a little grammar lesson! What is the origin of the word “discipline”? It’s originates from the Latin word “disciplina,” referring to “instruction given”, “teaching”, “learning” or “knowledge.”

Notice that the term “punching bag” does not relate to it. “Discipline” might familiar to you Church-goers as the word “disciple” as relates to Jesus’ disciples. I confess to not being a theologian, but in my meager studies of the Bible, nowhere in the course of Jesus’ instructions of his “disciples” does he beat them belts or burn them in the name of “discipline.”

And Texas CPS bears as much of the weight of this murder as the rotten bitch who gave birth to, and killed this child. CPS can chase men down for child support, lock them for non-payment, thus make it harder for them to pay as a man can’t earn money from inside of a cell, and employers don’t like to be bothered with garnishees, but Black Matriarchs beat the shit out of their kids and they just place the child with a “relative” of the Black Matriarch, who is likely to be as much of a piece of shit as the Black Matriarch by virtue of association with same, and will allow the Black Matriarch unfettered access to “her baby.”

This when Harris County Protective Services isn’t falsifying records so they don’t have to do the job that the taxpayers are funding.

Even the media is afraid to call out the Black Matriarch. Repeatedly, the story calls this abuse “discipline.” She “disciplined” the toddler, she was “disciplining the boy.” Let’s pay tribute to the substance of the matter, shall we? Let’s call the thing by its name, if we may?

She beat this boy to death. Jasmine Jones MURDERED her son.

The most sickening part if this is, she’ll probably get to be free at some point in the future. The Black Matriarch doesn’t get the death penalty for killing her offspring. She doesn’t even get a life sentence. It’s never her fault. She’s 21 now, so she might serve a little bit of time, but she will be back, free to breed and terrorize black people again.

At least there’s one person she can’t hurt anymore: Her son, who is now beyond the reach of all pain and sadness.

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Juvenile Robber Shot Dead By an Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Waiting For Chicken

A male suspect shot dead by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy during an attempted holdup at a fast-food restaurant has been identified as a local high school student.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office identified the dead suspect Wednesday as 17-year-old Elijah Mark Cobb.

Cobb was shot dead and two others suffered minor injuries during a Nov. 22 holdup attempt at a Raising Cane’s chicken strips restaurant in the Houston suburb of Shenandoah.

Witnesses told investigators that an armed would-be thief entered the restaurant, grabbed an employee and demanded money. The deputy ordered him to drop the weapon, then shot the gunman when the gun was pointed at him.

Family members told the Conroe Courier that Cobb had attended Spring Dekaney High School.

This little aspiring thug walked into someone else’s place of business, threatened to murder an employee, and get’s his skull creased for his trouble.

This is a downright heartwarming story. Society is made safer and the taxpayers’ money is saved.

What’s interesting is that young Elijah is featured prominently featured on a website called “gunmemorial.org” as a “victim” “lost to gun violence.”

“Lost to gun violence” = “Threatening to murder law-abiding people who work in fast food trying to make a living.”

In its FAQs, it addresses this concern.

Why do you call all these people “victims” when some of them are criminals?

We believe that every loss of life is a tragedy, and we know that even those who did horrible things have friends and family who miss them and wish that they made different choices in life. However, we do not try to hide or obscure the facts. We provide links to news articles that describe each incident.

Elijah Cobb’s death is not tragic. It is a wonderful tale, showing that the right to keep and bear arms is not about sport or heritage, it’s about utility. It’s about having the most cost-effective and efficient means of protecting your own life against people who have no regard for it.

Anyone who would take your life for a handful of green government scrip with no inherent value should be removed from the gene pool at the earliest possible date.

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Black Matriarch Throws Her Grade School Son Out of the House for Voting for Donald Trump in a Mock Election

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Do I really need to fucking add commentary to this?

You females make sick. You really do. Can you really ask why black children and black adults are just emotionally warped and desperate for genuine affection? This is emotional terrorism. These whores just get to have kids and do whatever the fuck they feel like doing to them, and if, by some miracle, you make it to adult and aren’t a psychopath, you should praise the Black Matriarch.

This boy is bawling his damned eyes out, and the first person from whom he should learn love and understanding (Mom) puts his stuff in a suitcase (a pink suitcase, mind you), curses at him, and throws him out of the house for casting a fake vote in a fake election?

The thing that worries me is that I’m not angry at this. I’m not sad about. This doesn’t even surprise me anymore.

Congratulations, black females. You once again have met me at the level of my expectations.

And Hillary Clinton voters… I’m sure you’re not going to protest the hate this woman has clearly demonstrated for her son, right? Not going to throw any “love” trash cans through her windows, or set any “love” fires in her dumpster, or spray some “love” graffiti on her property, right? Because Love Trumps Hate, right?!

You bunch of fucking phonies.

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Black Queen Shoots 2-Year-Old In an Attempt to Shoot Child’s Mother

A woman who Killeen police say fatally shot a 2-year-old boy during an argument in on Saturday has been arrested and faces a charge of murder.

Shayla Cyriece Dearinge, 26, faces a charge of murder.

Police said Shayla Cyriece Dearinge, 26, was arguing with her aunt, the child’s mother, around 2:28 p.m. on Saturday.

Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said the mother was trying to walk away from the argument when Dearinge fired a gun in her direction.

So the woman was attempting to withdraw from the conflict (an oddity in itself, a black woman leaving a fight), and the other black matriarch, rather than let her leave in peace with her child, tries to shoot her in the back. Because black women are so educated (Associate’s Degrees from the Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy) that she doesn’t kill the woman, but does hit the woman’s child.

The bullet hit the child, who was rushed by family members to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead just before 5 p.m.

Dearinge was arraigned on Monday morning and is waiting to be moved to the Bell County Jail. Her bail has been set at $1 million.

At least the bail is appropriate to this situation. But this is another instance in which the mentality of the average American black female is on full display: She will respond to perceived slights with violence. No matter how “educated” or “classy” she professes to be, or how many times she puts it on her Facebook, she reserves the right to become “ratchet” (read: savage) at a moment’s notice and engage in unjustifiable violence.

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“The Dumbing Down of Democracy” or “The Continuing Death Spiral of the Corporate Media”

(Note in advance: I do not vote. I am not a member of any political party. I don’t care whether your favorite party, candidate, or policy takes a flying leap off of a bridge tomorrow while whistling Dixie.)

I don’t post in this category often. The longer I live, the more convinced I am that unless you have the power to make policy, arguing over politics is just masturbation with more headaches and fewer rewards.

With that in mind, I present to you “The Dumbing Down of Democracy”, written by Timothy Egan of the New York Times. Like any good niche masturbation aid, it satisfies its fetishists and baffles the hell out of people with different tastes. In this case, it gives TEAM Blue some more mental lubricant with which to pleasure themselves to the notion that they are more intellectually rigorous than any given TEAM Red member in general and Trump supporters in particular. Mostly, it’s just a lot of effete snobbery aimed at people who actually work for a living and don’t have the time or the interest to keep with the latest nonsense from the Versailles on the Potomac, Washington D.C.

Are you smarter than an immigrant?

Smarter than some, dumber than others.

Can you name, say, all three branches of government or a single Supreme Court justice?

Legislature, Executive, and Judiciary. And do you mean the United States Supreme Court? One of the Supreme Courts of the states?

I’ll go ahead and name the current eight, just for shits and giggles: Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Breyer, Kennedy, Ginsberg, Sotomayor, Kagan. (R.I.P. Antonin Scalia)

Most Americans, those born here, those about to make the most momentous decision in civic life this November, cannot. And most cannot pass the simple test aced by 90 percent of new citizens.

I imagine most couldn’t ace a simple high school geometry test either and for the same two reasons: First, the 90% who aced the test studied diligently to retain the information and were motivated to know it in order to obtain citizenship. Second, political trivia is not relevant to most people’s daily lives.

Well, then: Who controlled the Senate during the 2014 election, when control of the upper chamber was at stake?

The Democrat Party, specifically Harry Reid.

If you answered Dunno at the time, you were with a majority of Americans in the clueless category.

Is this screed actually going somewhere? Or will we just continue to thumb our noses at the filthy, unwashed peasants?

But surely now, when election news saturation is thicker than the humidity around Lady Liberty’s lip, we’ve become a bit more clue-full. I give you Texas. A recent survey of Donald Trump supporters there found that 40 percent of them believe that Acorn will steal the upcoming election.

Acorn? News flash: That community-organizing group has been out of existence for six years. Acorn is gone, disbanded, dead. It can no more steal an election than Donald Trump can pole vault over his Mexican wall.

Dead in the same way the zombies from the Walking Dead. An exerpt from an article published in Winter 2014 issue of Non-Profit Quarterly entitled “Death or Reincarnation? The Story of ACORN”:

What does one do when an organization is getting ready to close yet the issues it addressed in the community are still unresolved? This is the question many ACORN chapters began asking in 2010, when the organization readied to close its doors. Two of ACORN’s largest chapters, in New York and California, were the first to separate from the umbrella organization, with many others following suit shortly thereafter.

ACORN’s California chapter, which represented about an eighth of ACORN’s national membership, changed its name to Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) in January 2010. The newly founded group supported a comparable mission, was staffed by many of the same employees who had worked for ACORN, and was mostly funded by the same donors. The former head organizer for the California chapter, Amy Schur, was named executive director of ACCE.10

Suspicions abound that ACORN is still alive and well, hiding behind alternative names of the “new” organizations. Darrell Issa, California Republican representative on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued a written statement to Fox News likening these metamorphoses to a “criminal” who changes his or her name but continues to operate much as before. Issa described the new entities as remaining, when it came down to it, the same corporation with the same board, staff, and people—in other words, with having changed in name only.11

Issa was not alone in declaring his concern. The Capital Research Center reported that ACORN is still being led by Wade Rathke at ACORN International (under the name Communities Organized International [COI]) since 2005.12 Additionally, Cause of Action, a nonprofit that focuses on government accountability, keeps a list of rebranded former ACORN entities, still-active ACORN entities, and ACORN allies on its website. As of August 2012, the website listed 174 active organizations.13 (The list has not been updated since that time.) Two of the active organizations, Affordable Housing Centers of Pennsylvania (AHCOPA) and ACTION United, are currently housed where the former ACORN chapter of Pennsylvania called home. While AHCOPA’s executive director Kenneth Bigos says that the organization does not have direct ties to ACORN, AHCOPA’s website states that the organization has been operating since 1985, which is the same year that ACORN’s housing branch started operations.14 In contrast, ACTION United’s website puts its establishment date as 2010.15 AHCOPA’s website lacks any information linking it to ACORN, while ACTION United’s website clearly acknowledges the link: “ACTION United was formed in April 2010 by staff and former leaders of Pennsylvania ACORN, which was destroyed by right wing forces angry at the 1 Million voters registered by ACORN nationally in 2008 and the results of that voter engagement. Seeing a strong need to continue the work done by PA ACORN for over 30 years, ACTION United has continued to employ much the same organizing model as ACORN.”16

Dead in name perhaps, but its dubious work is apparently being carried out by a host of successor organizations.

We know that at least 30 million American adults cannot read. But the current presidential election may yet prove that an even bigger part of the citizenry is politically illiterate — and functional. Which is to say, they will vote despite being unable to accept basic facts needed to process this American life.

Interesting point. Let’s look a little closer at that 30 million figure. The number comes from some statistics done in April 2014 by the Department of Indoctrination…excuse me, EDUCATION in conjunction with the National Institute for Literacy. According to the numbers, it’s actually 32 million (14% of the adult population).

Here’s where it gets fun.

Of that 32 million 41% are Hispanic, 24% are Black, 9% are White, and 13% are “Other.”

Shame on you, Timothy. Picking on likely Hillary voters like that. Because that is the narrative, right? TEAM Blue loves the brown people, which is why the brown people owe TEAM Blue all their votes. But TEAM Blue doesn’t love them enough to teach them how to read.

Shame, shame, shame.

“There’s got to be a reckoning on all this,” said Charlie Sykes, the influential conservative radio host, in a soul-searching interview with Business Insider. “We’ve created this monster.”

Way to cut a quote out of context, Timothy. Charlie Sykes, another jilted Cruz lover from Wisconsin and one of the founding fathers of the mercifully short-lived #NEVERTRUMP hashtag-cum-movement among business-as-usual TEAM Red, clarified and elaborated on his actual point after the interview:

This is, of course, only part of the story: the media itself has contributed mightily to the destruction of its own credibility by its bias and often curdling contempt for conservative ideas and conservatives themselves. They have spent years crying wolf, and now should not be surprised that a large portion of the electorate simply no longer pays attention, even when the wolf turns out to be real. My point was that rather than simply attacking the instances of bias in the media, we have succeeded in de-legitimizing the media altogether. Unfortunately, this means that there are few, if any trusted referees at a moment when we most need independent, credible arbiters of truth.

I agree with Sykes only partially: The wounds on the credibility of the Corporate Media (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, etc.) have almost been entirely self-inflicted. Talk radio, the internet, social media, and independent/guerrilla journalism were just the instruments of their self-inflicted wounds. The corporate media propagandists, drunk on self-importance and delusions of Government by Journalism, have expended more blood and ink in defense of the Statist-Progressive narrative than their own credibility. When caught, they issue terse non-apologies or, as Dan Rather famously declared before his shaming and ouster from CBS, that their propaganda was “fake but accurate.”

Trump, who says he doesn’t read much at all, is both a product of the epidemic of ignorance and a main producer of it. He can litter the campaign trail with hundreds of easily debunked falsehoods because conservative media has spent more than two decades tearing down the idea of objective fact.

If Trump supporters knew that illegal immigration peaked in 2007, or that violent crime has been on a steady downward spiral nationwide for more than 20 years, they would scoff when Trump says Mexican rapists are surging across the border and crime is out of control.

That’s right. Illegal immigration did peak in 2007 at 12 million. The current number is estimated at approximately 11.3 million, even with Obama taking a victory lap on the grounds that he has deported more illegal immigrants than any other President in history.

And I do scoff because it is somewhat dishonest to state that violent crime across the board has decreased for the last 20 years (which it has), without offering the caveat that the decline is less pronounced depending on geography (Usually urban areas in which Democrats hold policymaking power).

If more than 16 percent of Americans could locate Ukraine on a map, it would have been a Really Big Deal when Trump said that Russia was not going to invade it — two years after they had, in fact, invaded it.

One man’s invasion is another man’s annexation (of Crimea).

If basic civics was still taught, and required, for high school graduation, Trump could not claim that judges “sign bills.”

Wow, Trump said “bill” instead of “ruling,” or “opinion.” Somebody stop the freaking presses. This layman’s misunderstanding makes him makes him a thousand times worse than a trained attorney who has spent the last 24 years actively undermining the Constitution and the rule of law to her own profit (looking at you, Hillary).

The dumbing down of this democracy has been gradual, and then — this year — all at once. The Princeton Review found that the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 were engaged at roughly a high school senior level. A century later, the presidential debate of 1960 was a notch below, at a 10th grade level. By the year 2000, the two contenders were speaking like sixth graders. And in the upcoming debates — “Crooked Hillary” against “Don the Con” — we’ll be lucky to get beyond preschool potty talk.

And Timothy Egan and the rest of the eunuchs of the political chattering classes will dutifully lap it up, dissect it, analyze it, psychoanalyze it, then issue solemn pronouncements about the length and depth of this potty talk.

I plan to do something productive: Make myself a pizza and watch a movie.

How did this happen, when the populace was so less educated in the days when most families didn’t even have an indoor potty to talk about? You can look at one calculated loop of misinformation over the last two weeks to find some of the answer.

A big political lie often starts on the Drudge Report, home of Obama-as-Muslim stories.

Uh-huh.

Oh, I’m sorry. Are we only jumping on misstatements/gaffes when TEAM Red does it? Do I need to refer you back to that Charlie Sykes statement about media “credibility”?

He jump-started a recent smear with pictures of Hillary Clinton losing her balance — proof that something was very wrong with her. Fox News then went big with it, using the Trump adviser and free-media enabler Sean Hannity as the village gossip. Then Rudy Giuliani, the internet diagnostician, urged people to Google “Hillary Clinton illness” for evidence of her malady. This forced Clinton to prove her stamina, in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, by opening a jar of pickles.

Grip strength is not stamina. When I was an innocent, naive young schoolboy, anyone of us could have beaten the old nuns in a foot-race easily. But if one of those old brides of Christ got a good hold on you, it was like trying to free your arm from an alligator’s jaws.

Just saying.

The only good thing to come out of this is that now, when you Google “Hillary Clinton illness” what pops up are scathing stories about a skeletal-faced rumormonger named Rudy Giuliani, and a terrific Stephen Colbert takedown of this awful man.

The awful man who contributed to that declining rate of violent crime you were just babbling about. Compare that to all of the lives saved by Clown Nose Colbert and his equally putrid forebearer in non-comedy, Clown Nose Stewart.

Please, continue.

But what you don’t know really can hurt you. Last year was the hottest on record. And the July just passed was earth’s warmest month in the modern era. Still, Gallup found that 45 percent of Republicans don’t believe the temperature. We’re not talking about doubt over whether the latest spike was human-caused — they don’t accept the numbers, from all those lying meteorologists.

Blessed be Mother Gaia and all Her works.

Of late, almost half of Floridians have done something to protect themselves from the Zika virus, heeding government warnings. But the other half cannot wish it away, as the anti-vaccine crowd on the far left does for serious and preventable illnesses.

Wasn’t the Zika virus vaccine just approved for human trials two months ago? I didn’t know that I was part of the anti-vaccine crowd on the far left, but I’m not inclined to put experimental genetically modified inactive virii in my body until someone can wave some papers in my face that reasonably assure me that I won’t die from it or my balls won’t turn black and fall off in the toilet bowl.

I’m sorry that my once-surging Seattle Mariners dropped two out of three games to the Yankees this week. I just prefer not to believe it. And look — now my guys are in first place, no matter what the skewed “standings” show. In my own universe, surrounded by junk fact and junk conclusions, I feel better already.

Pretty weak closing. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot of persuasive, thoughtful rhetoric from the Old Grey Whore. It serves its purpose, which is to give an emotional booster shot to TEAM Blue that they are so much smarter and better than those EVIL TEAM Red types voting for that EVIL Donald Trump. This op-ed met me at the level of my expectations.

What’s exasperating is that the author indulges in no introspection, especially with respect to the meatiest topic of this op-ed: the lack of credibility of the corporate media. He does a nice head-fake with the Charlie Sykes quote, which serves to indict him and the rest of the corporate media in the rise and prospering of alternative news media. Timothy Egan, like others who make their living churning out hit-pieces and propaganda for pay, failed to acknowledge, or even address, that the producers and consumers of alternative news media have a legitimate grievance when the criticize the corporate media distorting facts and misrepresenting people, going back to 1964.

Barry Goldwater wasn’t a racist. That didn’t stop the corporate media from doing everything in its collective power to paint him as such for the crime of suggesting that maybe, just MAYBE, there are some things outside of the scope of the federal government’s power. Crazy, I know. The New York Times, the Old Gray Whore, the paper of record has taken numerous shots to chin, based on slipshod reporting, misquotations, failure to fact-check, and the paper’s response has not been to reflect and say, “maybe we need to bring some ideological balance into our newsroom and editorial board, or at the very least, put some more procedures into place so that we can appear objective”; their answer has largely been “fuck you for catching us while we were trying to manipulate you.” And it’s not limited to the New York Times. Just recently, CNN was caught editing video of Sherrell Smith, sister of recently killed Sylville Smith and claiming that she was “calling for peace.” The entire video showed that she told the howling mob to go burn down the suburbs (and how much black women need weave).

The point (and thankfully, the conclusion) is that if the electorate is having trouble accepting your “facts,” it’s not because they are dumber. They have just gotten more skeptical and wary of the stories they are being told because experience has taught them that the media rarely, if ever, tells them the entire truth, or gives them the facts and let’s them decide for themselves.

Media credibility died on the altar of the Progressive narrative. If the people don’t trust you and don’t believe what you tell them, maybe the problem is you, not them.

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